fuzzi's "Six Bits" Reading Challenge for 2019
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I've returned for another year of reading and reviewing!
For those who haven't followed my threads before, I'll just mention that my reading is eclectic, and I review EVERY book I read. EVERY BOOK. NO KIDDING!
I don't "spoil" either, so read my reviews without fear!
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My Reading Register for 2019 is here: https://www.librarything.com/topic/301181#
Welcome back, fuzzi! Looking forward to seeing what your reading year brings.
And away we go...
I was disappointed with how badly I failed at reading my Bible last year, so I decided to start the new year right by reading Matthew first...and since everyone else slept late, I finished it!
#1 Matthew (King James Bible)
Matthew, the first book of the New Testament, is full of familiar tales of Jesus’ ministry, beginning before His birth. The retelling of Herod’s mass murder of innocents is located here, as well as the Beatitudes, two instances of feeding the masses, and Jesus’ denunciation of the religious leaders of the day.
A year full of books
A year full of friends
A year full of all your wishes realised
I look forward to keeping up with you, Fuzzi, this year.
Happy New Year and happy new thread! I look forward to following your reading this year. Any plans to tackle more classics?
Happy New Year Fuzzi! And happy new thread!
Wishing you and your family the best for 2019.
I should add this to my goals for the year as well. I haven't made an attempt to read the Bible in its entirety or even specific books in a few years. And you did it January 1, well done!
#4 Happy Times in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
Noisy Village is the name given to a group of three farm houses due to the ruckus created by the six children who live there. Lisa, who is nine years old, narrates the fun and adventures she and her brothers and friends have all throughout the year. Woven within the story are a number of Swedish traditions such as dancing around the Mid-summer Eve pole. I first read this as a child but still loved the humor of situations and the personalities of the children upon reading it as an adult.
#5 Mark (King James Bible)
Mark is the second book of the New Testament, and is a shorter retelling of many of the same events in Matthew, including the two instances of feeding the masses (5000 and 4000 respectively). One of Jesus’ strongest “hellfire” sermons can be found in this book as well.
#6 The Daybreakers by Louis L’Amour
Tye and Orrin Sackett head west from the Tennessee hills, to make their fortune as well as find a home for their ma. They have their share of trials with herding longhorns, fighting Utes, and standing up to lawless gunmen.
This was the first published book about the Sackett family, and I think it’s one of the best. The situations are genuine, the characters are fleshed-out, real, and it was a great pleasure to spend time with them and their riding partners again for this reread.
#7 Luke (King James Bible)
The third book of the New Testament, Luke is more detailed than the previous two books, plus it has the very familiar story of the shepherds abiding in the fields, who go see the baby Jesu in the manger.
#8 Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert A. Heinlein
I've been valiantly attempting to finish this book, but at the halfway point I've given up, and admitting that I'm not interested in what happens. The story is not engaging at all, and the writing isn't up to par with this author's other works, including his other early "juvenile" books I've read.
Hi Fuzzi! I'm late making my rounds this year, but I'm glad to have found you. Happy 2019!
Wow - Eight books already - good for you!
I'm slow getting books done this year. I'm reading Lonesome Dove and really enjoying it. I should easily finish it for my RLBC meeting the last day of January - but its length is taking a tole on my January numbers; especially as I've joined the group read These Truths; A History of the United States, another 800 pager.
Asher Lev will be up next after LD. I think I remember you liking that one.
>31 streamsong: so glad you stopped by!
I'm doing so much better than last year at this time...let's see if I can keep up the pace.
Lonesome Dove was good, though I don't think I will be doing a reread anytime soon.
Asher Lev was a 5 star read for me, and I recommend it highly.
This week I've been putting off starting my nonfiction choice for the Chaim Potok challenge, as I have to take my dog to the vet for the last time, today. I have not felt like reading anything dreary or depressing right now.
"All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"
>32 fuzzi: My sympathies in this difficult time. Wishing you comfort and consolation.
Happy New Year, fuzzi!
My sympathies, too. Parting with a beloved furry friend is one of life's toughest times. Hugs from Chicago.
So sorry to hear of the loss of your wonderful friend and the Tirzah shaped hole in your heart. (((Hugs))).
>39 fuzzi: Tirzah was a beautiful dog. Thank you for sharing the photos.
fuzzi, stopping by to say hello and star your thread, though I suspect I won't be able to keep up with you. Very sorry to hear about the loss of your pupper. Always hard to lose a loved one. I hope you're able to take time off to mourn her passing.
>40 streamsong: >41 harrygbutler: >42 justchris: I appreciate your sentiments, thank you.
No dog can replace Tirzah, but we are actively looking for her successor. There are so many adult dogs in need of a family, and we are in need of some furry therapy to assist with the grieving process. We visited with a Sharpei mix yesterday, and plan to meet a GSD today.
justchris thanks for the follow. Stop by when you can, and feel free to comment. :)
So sorry for your loss. I remember the pain of losing my old cat and then shortly after, the young barn cat that I was going to bring in was hit in the road. I was so grateful that when I found Peppa, she turned out to be a perfect fit into the household at the time. I hope your search for your next dog goes as well, and be sure to post pictures.
I'm a firm believer in animal souls, so I know that you'll be reunited with Tirzah when the time comes.
#9 Finity's End by CJ Cherryh (reread)
It's been almost 7 years to the day that I read this book, and it's even better than I recalled. I'm upping it to .
Here's my review from January 16, 2012:
I enjoyed this book tremendously as a reread this year. It's a little bit of a "growing up" sort of book, as the main character does a lot of that within the pages, but it's also a very good science fiction novel.
>46 alcottacre: thank you for your kind words. In my main thread I've posted photos, and information about Tirzah's successor, Cleo.
CJ Cherryh is my favorite Sci-fi author. She doesn't get graphic, but concentrates on developing worlds, political schemes, and her characters. There's lots of talk but action too. My favorites remain the Chanur series.
Hi, fuzzi. Finally out and visiting the threads. I'm so sorry to hear about the loss of Tirzah. It's so difficult to lose a pet. Cleo sounds like a wonderful dog - especially in that she is good with your cats.
Look at that big old puppy-dog grin! What a cutie! :) And I've always had a soft spot for dogs with one upright and one floppy ear.
#10 Alliance Rising by CJ Cherryh
Cherryh has done it again. In Alliance Rising she has given us a deep, interesting, and satisfying prequel to her Hugo award winning Alliance universe books, full of three-dimensional characters and the usual political intrigue. I'll be anxiously awaiting the next book in this new series.
>53 fuzzi: I sure hope whoever is in the hold queue ahead of me gets through this quickly!
>54 quondame: I'm returning mine to the library tomorrow...too bad you don't live close by...
#11 John (King James Bible)
John is the fourth book of the New Testament, and starts with the same words as Genesis ("In the beginning"), then skips over Jesus' birth, going instead straight into John the Baptist's ministry. The first miracle is found in chapter 2, the verse often referenced at sporting events "John 3:16" is in chapter 3, the woman at the well story is found in chapter 4, and the Good Shepherd attributes are described in chapter 10. This is also considered one of the first books any new Christian should read, for various reasons.
#12 Old Men at Midnight by Chaim Potok
I've read other works by this author, loving the characters surrounded by an authenticity that settled deep, putting me in the stories. In the three novellas contained within the covers of Old Men at Midnight I found myself, again, within the stories, immersed to the exclusion of outside distractions...but I had a hard time finding something to like about the people within his tales. Four stars for execution, three stars for likability.
>49 fuzzi: What a happy puppy! I wish I could meet her. I hope Cleo brings you much comfort and joy.
>45 fuzzi: and >53 fuzzi:: Two Cherryh books I haven't read!
>56 fuzzi: Good to know about John. I've never been very successful with the Bible. Every now and then I make an attempt, then put it down again after a book or maybe two.
>58 justchris: Cleo brings joy to everyone. I took her with me to Petsmart this morning, and she loved on everyone, but especially with a four year old whose mother said was recently diagnosed with ADHD. Cleo might do well as a therapy dog.
Both of those books by CJ Cherryh were about the same ship but decades apart in time. Both are recommended.
Have I asked you what is your favorite Cherryh book?
One book of the Bible at a time is good. Years ago a gentleman at our church suggested I read one chapter of Proverbs each day, to finish it once a month. I did that for several years...it's easy enough, and there's always something new each time I read it.
>60 justchris: some of the OT books can be a challenge. I'm reminded of the Greek plays I read in high school English class, in which the Chorus would go on and on and on...modern readers aren't as used to that.
Ruth is lovely, but Esther is too. So much of Psalms can be comforting, or beautiful. And most of the New Testament is a fairly short read.
I'm putting Wave Without a Shore on my short list to read, thanks. Chanur is my favorite series as well, with the Morgaine books a close second. And I really liked The Faded Sun trilogy, too.
#13 Double or Quit by Joyce Stranger
In this final book of the series, author Joyce Stranger has to make a decision: to double her "pack" by adding another dog, or quit field trial and obedience work altogether due to her dog Chita's advancing age. She takes on Josse, a young dog who with issues due to having several owners within a few months. Josse needs help adjusting, and how Joyce brings him closer to "normalcy" makes for an interesting and enjoyable story.
I wish there were more books about Josse.
I'm doing another read-thru this year. I'm following the "Eat This Book" plan on YouVersion and using the Tree of Life Version this year which is a Messianic Jewish translation. It's interesting because it inserts Hebrew terms for several concepts. I've used the Eat This Book plan before with another translation and enjoyed it.
>63 thornton37814: thanks! I'm just using my plain King James bible as usual, but I know there are other options available. :)
Technically my NT reads are with a Gideon's NT, which is light and easy to hold as opposed to my main Bible.
>49 fuzzi: Look at that doggie grin! Who could not fall in love with that?
>65 alcottacre: and there's a lot of snuggle and tongue with that grin...our hearts were stolen from the first.
#14 Little Otter is Missing by Kenneth Grahame (abridged)
Decent retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, but the illustrations are both good and awful.
#15 The Wild Wood by Kenneth Graham (abridged)
Well-done retelling of a chapter from The Wind in the Willows, and the illustrations are good, for the most part.
Both of these are headed for my granddaughter!
#16 Acts (King James Bible)
Acts (of the Apostles) is the 5th book in the New Testament. It is believed that the author of Acts is Luke, Apostle Paul's friend, a physician, who also wrote the book of Luke. Acts reads more like a traditional "story", with very little doctrine but mostly "he went here and did this" sort of narrative.
My "comfort" reread last night, review from 2013 included:
#17 A Horse Called Mystery by Marjorie Reynolds
Owlie is lame, wears glasses, and has a deaf mute mother, which makes him the object of taunts and bullying. He spends his spare time with his dog or visiting the worn down horses for hire in town. When one of the horses is slated to be sold for slaughter because it is lame, Owlie acts upon impulse and buys it, even though he has never ridden before. How he grows and matures while caring for Mystery is believable and enjoyable.
The story is aimed at adolescents but is a good read for adults who don't mind a "happy" ending.
>69 fuzzi: That does sound enjoyable. I'll have to remember if I should run across it at a library sale.
>67 fuzzi: I like how the illustrations are both "good and awful" at the same time; a little clarification, please? What did you like and what didn't you like?
>71 CassieBash: let's just say they were uneven. The nature pictures of flowers, trees, and most animals, were good, but the faces of the main characters like Ratty and Mole were...weird, didn't fit.
>70 harrygbutler: I have a spare copy...
Marjorie Reynolds wrote several books about horses and teens who were in less than Sunnybrook Farm type situations, but the tales were so well-written as to be enjoyable. Some authors manipulate the reader but she just tells her stories. I like all her works.
>73 fuzzi: It was a sweet and funny book. I did the same when I was young: bringing home stray dogs and cats, I wasn't allowed to keep them eithr...
#19 Lando by Louis L'Amour
As a child Lando is left in the care of a faithless neighbor, but within a few years strikes out on his own, heading west. His travels take him eventually to Texas and Mexico, competing with outlaws and relatives on a quest for gold. Standard but enjoyable fare from this author.
>74 FAMeulstee: as a child I wanted to bring home stray animals, but knew I wouldn't be able to keep them, so I didn't.
>73 fuzzi: Kellogg has been one of my favorite illustrators since childhood.
#20 Wave Without a Shore by CJ Cherryh
Wow. Just wow. In this short novel Cherryh does what she usually does in her stories, creates a world, and culture, both alien and familiar...but this time it's on a scale that even she rarely attains. With virtually no fighting or other actions so common in SciFi, she hurls the reader along in this story of an artist who went too far and threatened a society conditioned to be blind to reality. Superb.
>79 foggidawn: I recall Kellogg from my children's library books, will have to find more.
>80 harrygbutler: I'll keep it for you.
>81 streamsong: thank you. What a difference from last year when I was stuck in a reading slump until mid-January!
I've read The Chosen, The Promise, and Asher Lev, all were good, very good.
>82 CassieBash: some of the faces just, well, SUCKED.
>84 fuzzi: That volume always leave me feeling like I'm floating outside a space station.
>69 fuzzi: and >73 fuzzi: sound lovely. Somehow, I didn't find these authors when I was in my animal-mad childhood and devouring all the animal stories I could find. I read a bunch of the Jim Kjelgaard stories, The Call of the Wild, wild animal stories like Vulpes the Red Fox and Bubo the Great Horned Owl and Fifteen Rabbits but not that many kid and animal stories beyond what Black Stallion books I could get my hands on and Where the Red Fern Grows. Also, some anthropomorphized animal stories like the classic you referenced above, plus Mrs Frisbee and the Rats of NIMH, Odyssey from River Bend, Rabbit Hill, stuff like that. I guess I was way more focused on wild animals.
>87 justchris: another Kjelgaard fan, woo!
For more animal books suitable for both child and adult reading try Glenn Balch and Thomas Hinkle for horse/dog stories, Jack O'Brien's first three Silver Chief books, and any number of Albert Payson Terhune books about collies.
James Oliver Curwood wrote Kazan, Baree, and The Bear, the last which was made into a move a few years ago.
Rutherford Montgomery and Joseph Wharton Lippincott also wrote about both domesticated and wild animals.
I recall Vulpes, and there was a book by the same author about a mink. Jean George was also the writer of the My Side of the Mountain series, though the first was the best.
I also read a lot of stories by Ernest Thompson Seton, but I'm too tender-hearted now to go back to them. I hate it when an animal dies at the end. :(
If a book had an animal on the cover, I would pick it up and attempt to read it. Back when I was about 9 I saw a hardback displayed at the public library with a black and white collie on the cover. It was in the adult section of the library but the lovely librarians allowed me to borrow it. The story of a boy and a wild puppy, Rex, introduced me to a fantastic author, Joyce Stranger. She wrote numerous books about animals, suitable for adolescents but with deeper insights for her adult audience. My most favorite is probably The Running Foxes. If you've never read anything of hers, I highly, HIGHLY, recommend her works.
>90 fuzzi: Wow, that is certainly a lot of potential books to read among all of them! Looking through their listings, one or two titles look familiar, so I may have read some of them in the past, but clearly not enough or I would have remembered them.
>92 justchris: I was an avid reader as a child, and to a certain extent, still am one. :)
Yeah, there is a surprising amount of preaching in Little Women. Like you, I still enjoyed it.
>101 fuzzi: LOL My boys say they bathe one another so I don't need to do it.
>102 thornton37814: that's kind of the point of the book, but it takes the little girl a while to "get it". Very, very funny, well-written and illustrated book for all ages.
#26 Texas Vendetta by Elmer Kelton
I believe this was my first read by author Elmer Kelton, but it won't be my last. In this tale from the late 1800s we see a glimpse of Texas Rangers' jobs, and also the lives of those they were sworn to capture. Never sensational, but believable, this book was entertaining. The characters were well-written, and the violence was not graphic. Recommended for anyone wanting a "good story".
Now to find the rest of the books in the series...
>109 fuzzi: Little Women is much less likely to go down easy in this era than in the mid-20th when I first read, and had my own fledgling issues with it. But it comes from a time when books overwhelmingly put women into second place actors in their own life when granted any autonomy at all. I certainly never held it as a childhood favorite, but could easily relate to the depression era generation who raised me, who found a great deal of value in it's insistent messaging.
>111 fuzzi: I judge the three you've mentioned all celebrate what is unusual in their protagonists, while LW is way more focused on conventional good behavior and is preachy where none of those are. Yes, consequences are noted, but that is considered sufficient for the alert. But preachy doesn't turn off all readers, though I have a pretty low tolerance level.
#27 1 Thessalonians (King James Bible)
#28 2 Thessalonians (King James Bible)
These two short books in the New Testament are probably the oldest of the Pauline epistles, letters written around 50AD to a young (new) church located in Thessalonica.
One of the descriptions of the rapture of the Church is contained in these writings, as well as some prophetic information.
Each of these books is a simple yet informative read, and especially helpful to a new Christian.
#30 There's an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer
When my children were small we owned a similar book, There's a Nightmare in My Closet, but this one is good, too. The small boy in this tale has an alligator living under his bed, but when his parents check they never see it. How is he supposed to handle the situation? Told with funny illustrations.
#31 The Tale of Tom Kitten by Beatrix Potter
I have only read one other book by this author before reading The Tale of Tom Kitten. The pictures are adorable, the story is cute, and I think younger children and their parents would enjoy reading about the naughty deeds of the three kittens in the story.
#33 An Old Woman's Reflections by Peig Sayers
An interesting collection of stories from an Irish "story-teller" who lived most of her life on an isolated island. It's translated from Gaelic into English, but much of the original lyrical prose is still evident. Worth reading.
Thank you MrsLee for sharing this one with me.
>118 ChelleBearss: awww. How cute!
#34 Sackett by Louis L'Amour
In this book we meet William Tell Sackett, older brother to Ty and Orrin who we first met in The Daybreakers. Tell has been drifting since the War, and decides it's time to do something with his life. He stumbles upon gold, and a girl, and trouble, as usual.
I love Tell and his laid back attitude. He's prefers to use humor to confuse and confound those who are spoiling for a fight, and I found myself laughing at times as I reread Sackett. This story remains a favorite of mine.
The missionaries had some hair-raising stories, didn't they? A favorite of mine was Captive of the Simbas, which I reread several times, but not for quite a few years.
#36 Romans (King James Bible)
This is probably Paul's best known epistle (letter) to the believers in Rome. In this book of the New Testament are many doctrinal concepts explained by the former Pharisee and persecutor of Christians. There are several verses and/or concepts within that are familiar to even the youngest Bible-believer, as well as the verses referred to as the "Roman Road", through which many a person has been led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. There's also quite a bit of stronger meat, doctrine, which may not be understood immediately. One of the best books to study imo.
#37 Princess Puffybottom and Darryl by Susin Nielsen and Olivia Chin Mueller
The three stars is for the cute premise and some of the illustrations, only. Maybe I am old fashioned, but having vomit and cat feces and a dog urinating prominently featured in a book for young children is unnecessary and unfortunate, in my opinion.
#38 Middlemarch by George Eliot
A thoughtful yet entertaining read about the people and customs of an English town from the earlier part of the 19th century. The characters are very well drawn, their personalities are not superficial, and I was willingly dragged into the story, something I expect a very well-written book should do. This tale is never boring, but as the sentences often have deeper meanings one needs to take time to read this work slowly, unhurried, and without distraction. Quite good and worth the time and effort. Solid.
<126 Oh good, fuzzi. I'm a fan of Middlemarch, and that's a lovely description of it. Go Dorothea!
>126 fuzzi: I liked Middlemarch too, which was unexpected as I did not think I was into that kind of story. The characters were excellent.
#40 Midnight is a Place by Joan Aiken
The author has a writing style that appealed to me as a child, but as an adult it still has me turning the pages of her books with alacrity, wondering how each situation will be resolved. There is only a little foreshadowing, too, though the younger reader might miss subtle references altogether. Good characters, twisty plots, and enough descriptions to illustrate the tale without bogging it down.
#42 Woods Runner by Gary Paulsen
Of all the books that I have read by this author there was only one I did not care for...and this one isn't it!
Woods Runner is a good tale of a 13 year old boy growing up on the western Pennsylvania frontier of the late 1700s. While most of the people in the settlement like their neighbors and bucolic lifestyle, young Samuel takes to the woods where he is most comfortable, disappearing for days while exploring, as well as hunting for the community.
But while he is on one of his trips a force of British troops and Hessian mercenaries attack and destroy the settlement, massacring most of the people yet taking a few as prisoners...including Samuel's parents.
This one is a page-turner, a book I could not put down until I found out how things turned out. While categorized as a youth book, it also is a fine adult read.
#43 Bristlenoses: Catfish With Character by Kathy Jinkings
Entertaining and highly informative book about a popular variety of "suckermouth" catfish kept by hobbyists. There's some anecdotal aspects about the species, but also plenty of technical information that wasn't overwhelming to the amateur fish-keeper. There are a lot of photos and diagrams taken from scientific studies, too. Recommended for anyone interested in freshwater tropical fish.
>133 fuzzi: I love suckermouth catfish--but I don't have a good way to keep fish (except for the outside pond).
>134 CassieBash: if you were closer I'd give you my spare 20g tank. It's sitting in the shed as I found a 29g at a yard sale that I now use.
Waving hello. It looks like you're continuing to read a wide variety of books. Great reviews!
>138 PaulCranswick: thank you! It's finally sunny, and warm, 75-80F. We're going to cook hamburgers and brats on the grill.
>135 fuzzi: I don't have much overall luck with fish, not even goldfish, unless they're living in the pond where they can pretty much do their thing without much need for human intervention. Thanks, but if you gave me a 20g tank, I'd probably use it for caterpillars. (I'm picturing how many red admirals or swallowtails I could fit in a 20g tank now....) :)
>140 CassieBash: bwahahahaha!
If we were driving past your area...naw, the boys would object to me carrying a 20g in the trunk during a trip, ha.
#44 Buckskin Line by Elmer Kelton
In this, the first book of the Texas Rangers series by Elmer Kelton, we find ourselves in the midst of a Comanche raid on homesteaders in 1840s Texas. A red-headed toddler is both prized and despised by the war party who kills his family. His story, as well as the Comanche who wants to keep him for his own, are interspersed throughout this tale. Good, engrossing read, and recommended.
Meant to do this sooner...
First Quarter Best Reads (and Worst): January to March 2019
4 Star Reads
There's an Alligator Under My Bed by Mercer Mayer
Can I Keep Him? by Steven Kellogg
Christmas in Noisy Village by Astrid Lindgren
The Marriage of Mary Russell by Laurie R King
How To Give a Cat a Bath by Nicola Winstanley (Early Reviewer)
Prince Valiant Vol 6 by Hal Foster
4 Star Rereads
The Daybreakers by Louis L'Amour
Sackett by Louis L'Amour
4.5 Star Reads
Alliance Rising by CJ Cherryh
The Good Old Boys by Elmer Kelton
Middlemarch by George Eliot
4.5 Star Rereads
Finity's End by CJ Cherryh
5 Star Reads
Wave Without a Shore by CJ Cherryh
5 Star Rereads
Books from the King James Bible: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Acts, Romans, I & II Thessalonians
Little Otter is Missing by Jane Carruth
Rocket Ship Galileo by Robert Heinlein
#45 The Black Shrike by Alistair MacLean
This is one of the best books I've read (so far!) by Alistair MacLean. It's cold war counter espionage stuff from about 60 years ago, so is a little dated, but it holds up well.
What I really liked, apart from the twisty plot, is the humanity and fallibility of the main character. He might be an agent, but he's no James Bond, though a bit more like MacGyver!
This one is definitely a keeper.
#46 The Iliad by Gareth Hinds
I cannot comment on the accuracy of this adaption as I have never read the Iliad, and am unfamiliar with the story. I felt that the illustrations ranged from excellent to fair; some were a bit "graphic" (one frame depicted a warrior's eyes falling out). I liked and appreciated the cast of characters depicted at the front of the book, and the map and author's notes at the end. Despite the violent nature of the story, I did like this illustrated version.
Happy Easter, Lor!
I've finally started your rec The Lone Winter. It's a nice change from the book about Columbine that I just finished for.my Real Life Book Club.
I think I needed to.wait until winter was.over.to start this one.
>147 streamsong: Happy Easter backatcha!
I recall as I was reading The Lone Winter that I kept expecting to see snow whenever I looked outside. I love how the author puts you in her situation. Enjoy.
Spring is coming...it's already here in NC although it's been chillier than average. We'll be hitting 80s again later in the week, but no real warm weather.
#47 The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour, Volume 1: Frontier Stories
by Louis L'Amour
Excellent collection of stories about the west by one of the best sources of the genre, Louis L'Amour. It includes my favorites "One For the Pot" and "War Party" as well as others. One of the best in this volume is "The Gift of Cochise", which was later extended into the novel Hondo.
#48 The Sackett Brand by Louis L'Amour
Tell Sackett is hunted by the hired guns of a cattle baron who is trying to cover up a crime. Can Tell survive until other Sacketts arrive to join the fray? Or will he handle them all on his own?
Good entry in the Sackett series, in which we also meet other members of the author's fictional family.
#51 The Winter Room by Gary Paulsen
The seasons of the year, as told first-person through the perspective of an eleven year old boy, living on a farm in northern Minnesota.The descriptions of what he associates with each season are not typical; several times I paused and thought over his view of what might be considered mundane tasks. Caution: he does describe the slaughter of farm animals for food in a slightly graphic manner, but did not revel in it. As tender-hearted as I am, I was able to handle it. Good read.
#54 First Corinthians (King James Bible)
Paul the apostle writes words of advice to a church that is caught up in unimportant things, and is forgetting about Jesus.
#55 Mermaid Dreams by Kate Pugsley
Maya goes to the beach with her parents, but is too shy to introduce herself to one of the many children playing in the sand. But then she discovers a place of mystery, and perhaps a friend as well?
Cute story, simple colorful pictures. This one heads for my granddaughter's bookshelves.
#57 Second Corinthians (King James Bible)
Paul's second letter to the church at Corinth, with lots of wisdom and excellent advice for that young congregation.
You are coming along well on your Bible reading. My plan has me finishing up Psalms for the first time this year and Song of Solomon today. It's a plan where you read through the entire Bible once and the book of Psalms twice.
>160 thornton37814: thanks. I started with the NT this year since I only got through most of the OT in 2018...so I'm still not as far along as I'd like.
I've seen your reading plan before though I've not tried it myself. Enjoy!
Jenn has posted a link for free online copies of all of Schmitz' work in those Baen compilations on the group read thread!
#60 God's Secretaries: the Making of the King James Bible by Adam Nicolson
This is not a Christian work. It is a history of the people and the times surrounding the translation and publication of the world's best-selling book. And it is an engaging account, with only a little bit of bias exhibited in the writing.
The author used and credited the research of others, expanding it whenever possible with recent discoveries from the ancient libraries of England. Unfortunately the majority of documentation was lost over the centuries, especially in the Great Fire of London in 1666, and the full history is hidden. The people involved in the making of the King James Bible are not vilified (for the most part), but are shown for what they were: flawed but mainly sincere men from religious and non-religious vocations within seventeenth century Britain.
Having already read about the religious persecutions of the time, I was disappointed in what I perceived as a recurring bias against the Puritan and Separatist movements, but the author did a good job recounting the history of the group that would later land in the new world and be known as the Pilgrims. I was also disappointed that he repeated the oft-told but disputable claims of some regarding manuscript evidence, but for most readers it won't matter.
Overall, a good though flawed history.
#63 The Big Book of Favorite Horse Stories, Twenty-Five Outstanding Stories By Distinguished Authors by Sam Savitt
I've read my share of short story collections, and most were mediocre. However, this book of "favorite" stories is definitely above average, with some recognizable classics (chapters from My Friend Flicka, Black Beauty) and others that were new to me. The only story I skipped was one I despised from my childhood, The Gift (aka The Red Pony).
This is not a child's book of pony tales, but works that encompass adult and young readers alike. Enjoy.
#64 Dark Horse by Jean Slaughter Doty
Better than average story of a mistreated horse, told in first-person by a teen who loves horses. It's not a formula tale of a horse being retrained into a world-class champion, but is more sober, based in reality. Definitely keeping this one for a future reread.
>171 fuzzi: Jean Slaughter Doty is a great horse author; as you said, her stories are based in reality rather than being a Cinderella-type thing, where the horse becomes world-famous for something. (not saying it can't happen; The Story of Snowman is proof of that it does, but it's not an everyday occurence). I recommend Summer Pony, about a girl who rents a starving pony for the summer from a man who has one of those pony ride attractions you see at carnivals and events. Apparently, she wrote a sequel (which I haven't read) called Winter Pony.
#66 Galatians (King James Bible)
One of the earliest books of the NT, this epistle is written to a fairly new church in Galatia. Paul's letter is aimed at a group of young believers being deceived by people with ulterior motives and an agenda of control. It's a fairly simple work, full of doctrines of grace and faith versus those of works and law.
#67 Badger Boy by Elmer Kelton
Engaging follow-up to the first in this author's "Ranger" series. The Civil War is ending, the rangers are being disbanded, and a young Texan heads home to an uncertain future as a young white captive Comanche is headed for trouble in his eagerness to be as good as the non-white Comanches in his tribe. Good read.
#68 Arthur, For the Very First Time by Patricia MacLachlan
Arthur's parents are having problems, so he winds up at his great-aunt and uncle's farm for the summer. He meets a chicken that responds to commands in French, sees a pregnant pig that likes being serenaded in song by Arthur's great-uncle, meets a neighborhood girl who calls him "Mouse".
And then things get interesting.
Cute story, with Arthur learning more about himself than he ever though of before.
#69 Cassie Binegar by Patricia MacLachlan
Cassie has an eccentric family that embarrasses her. She wishes they would be more like the "perfect" family of her best friend. And she wants a place of her own, away from the maddening crowd around her.
I was disappointed with this tale by an author whose other works I have thoroughly enjoyed. I never felt engaged, nor did I care much about the people in the story.
#70 Ephesians (King James Bible)
#71 Philippians (King James Bible)
#72 Colossians (King James Bible)
#74 The Penderwicks by Jeanne Birdsall
What a fun read! This is the story of sisters who act like real children: they argue, have misadventures, make friends, and all this without any taint of schmaltz or pretension, a tale that an adult can read and enjoy. Thanks to whoever on LT who recommended this book. Now, on to book #2!
>181 fuzzi: I’ll take the credit, as I’m always pushing that series! So glad you liked it.
Congratulations on 75 fuzzi!
I've just discovered that I haven't visited you since the beginning of the year. Lots of interesting books, including the ones going to your granddaughter. Unfortunately my kids are too old to give me an excuse to buy them. :0)
Yes, congrats on 75! Looking forward to hearing about your vacation adventures.
#77 The Way of the Coyote by Elmer Kelton
Andy, aka Badger Boy, is growing up, and still trying to adjust to white men's ways. Sadistic law officers have infiltrated Texas, and are using their official positions to steal land and possessions from any settlers who they claim are Confederate. And if things weren't confusing enough, some from Andy's Comanche family raid his white family, stealing away a young child. How can this former captive balance his white heritage with his Indian upbringing? Good continuation of this author's Texas Ranger series.
#81 The Cookcamp by Gary Paulsen
Gary Paulsen has written many coming-of-age stories about boys, but this tale of a five year old boy away from his mother for the first time is special. His father is away from home, fighting overseas, while his mother works at a factory. Impulsively she sends her son by train to her mother, who is working in a cookcamp deep within the Minnesota woods.
I love how the boy sees the world around him, the growing relationship with his grandmother, and the bond that is formed between him and the older truckers, men building a road through the wilderness. A gem.
#82 Appalling Stories 2: More Appalling Tales of Social Injustice by Various Authors
Mixed bag of stories about political correctness run amuck. While I agree with most of the views contained within, a couple of the authors seemed to try too hard to present their position. However, one of the tales, "Angel of Death", was quite good, the reason the book was gifted to me. Skip the ones that seem contrived and enjoy the remainder of the entries.
#83 I Heard the Owl Call My Name by Margaret Craven
Touching story of a priest sent to live with a native American tribe, and how he came to be one with them. Not maudlin or melodramatic, just a gentle tale of friendship.
>206 CassieBash: the title was familiar, but the story was not, glad I came across it on the thrift store's bookshelves.
#84 The Menace From Earth by Robert Heinlein
This is another good collection of short stories by Robert Heinlein, most written in the 1940s and 1950s. The dated aspect of some of the technology mentioned is easily overlooked for the intriguing plots and interesting characters of each tale. Definitely recommended, and not just for fans of this author.
#85 Mustang Man by Louis L'Amour
In this installment of the Sackett series our protagonist is Nolan Sackett, one of a set of twins, and a member of the Clinch Mountain Sackett families. He's big, rough and tough, but with a soft heart for a pretty young lady who needs a knight in shining armor...or does she? Good read, highly enjoyable.
Now I'm wanting to re-read Island of the Blue Dolphins. I haven't read it in 30 years or longer.
#86 The Devil's Novice by Ellis Peters
The latest addition to the abbey is a young man with night terrors...what sins has he committed in order to act this way? Brother Cadfael works out the clues as usual. I thought I knew the murderer this time, but the motive was not apparent until the end. Good read, as always.
#87 A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines
A well-drawn and balanced tale of fundamental changes in a society and of the people who either choose to adapt or not, both suffering consequences of perceived progress. I found myself immersed in the story, as told in first-person by those present, and never felt that I was being manipulated emotionally by the author. Nicely written.
#88 Aquatic Gardens Ponds, Streams, Waterfalls & Fountains: Volume 1. Design & Construction & Maintenance (Or the World According to Carp) by Robert Fenner
Not a "How To...For Dummies" book, but a comprehensive guide for the more serious-minded water garden enthusiast. There are diagrams as well as instructions from A to Z, including directions to create concrete water features, though only a brief mention of preform pond liners. This would be a worthwhile read for someone who wants to create a pond that will last.
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